Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal

Child decorating christmas tree

The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal is a registered charity, which raises money throughout the year to help the city’s poorest children at Christmas time.

Every year, more and more children in Bristol face a bleak Christmas. It is one of the UK’s most prosperous cities but shockingly has the highest proportion of children in poverty in the south west.

Our volunteers work throughout the year to raise a total of £66,000 through an appeal letter, a carol concert and other events.

Through the generosity of individuals, schools, organisations and businesses, we are able to help a total of 1,650 of the city’s children who are most in need. This allows us to give each child a £20 voucher for a toy or clothing and a £20 voucher for food.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith, explains:

“As Patron I am determined to help raise as much money as possible for our city’s most underprivileged children.  I am very much looking forward to supporting the many different events and functions which are held throughout the year, raising vital funds for the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal.

Every child deserves a present, good food and clothing at Christmas. Please help us raise money at a time when so many families are struggling and simply cannot afford what most in Bristol take for granted.”

Zora Burnett of Barnardo’s understands how the vouchers are making a real difference:
“For families in Bristol who only have access to funds for basic survival they are ‘priceless’. They want their children to celebrate Christmas and would not be able to treat them without the generosity of others.”